Associate Professor Dr Chew Jactty

Dr. Chew Jactty

Associate Professor Dr Chew Jactty

  • Associate Dean (Education)


Associate Professor Dr Jactty Chew obtained her BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology from Monash University, Malaysia before pursuing her PhD in Dentistry at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Her postgraduate project investigated the biofilm formation of an oral pathogen, Fusobacterium nucleatum, implicated in periodontal diseases. Upon completion, she worked as an Associate Lecturer in the School of Dentistry at the University of Adelaide. She joined Sunway University in 2012 as a Lecturer and held the BSc (Hons) Medical Biotechnology Programme Chair position until 2015. Her primary research interest areas include antibiotic resistance, bacterial pathogenesis, antibacterial agents and the Malayan sun bear population genetics. She has received various research grants from different funding agencies including the Australian Dental Research Association, Sunway University Internal Grant Scheme and the International Bear Association. She works closely with infectious disease physicians, paediatricians and sun bear conservation experts on her research projects. At the moment, she is supervising both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Lancaster University, UK (2015)
  • PhD in Dentistry, University of Adelaide, Australia (2011)
  • BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology, Monash University, Malaysia (2005)

Research Interests

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Development of antibacterial agents
  • Bacterial pathogenesis
  • Sun bear population genetics

Notable Publications

  1. Lai, W. L., Chew, J., Gatherer, D., Ngoprasert, D., Rahman, S., Ayub, Q., Kannan, A., Vaughan, E., Wong, S. T., Kulaimi, N. A. M., Ratnayeke, S. (2021). Mitochondrial DNA profiling reveals two lineages of sun bears in East and West Malaysia. Journal of Heredity 13:esab004.
  2. Lim, W. G., Tong, T. and Chew, J. (2020). Chryseobacterium indologenes and Chryseobacterium gleum interact and multiply intracellulary in Acanthamoeba castellanii. Experimental Parasitology 211: 107862.
  3. Yong, S. J., Chew, J. and Lim, W. L. (2020). Antidepressive Mechanisms of Probiotics and Their Therapeutic Potential. Frontiers in Neuroscience 13: 1361.
  4. Yap, W.F., Tay, V., Tan, S.H., Yow, Y.Y. and Chew, J. (2019). Decoding Antioxidant and Antibacterial Potentials of Malaysian Green Seaweeds Caulerpa racemosa and Caulerpa lentillifera. Antibiotics 8(3): 152.
  5. Ismail, N. A., Shaemli, K., Wong, M.-T.., Teow, S.-Y., Chew, J., & Sukri, S. N. A. M.  (2019). Antibacterial and cytotoxic effect of honey mediated copper nanoparticles synthesized using ultrasonic assistance. Materials Science and Engineering C 104: 109899.
  6. Sukri, S. N. A. M., Shameli, K., Wong, M. M.-T., Teow, S.-Y., Chew, J., & Ismail, N. A. (2019). Cytotoxicity and antibacterial activities of plant-mediated synthesized zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles using Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit peels extract. Journal of Molecular Structure 1189: 57-65.
  7. Tan, Y. J., Tan, Y. S., Yeo, C. I., Chew, J., & Tiekink, E. R. (2019). In vitro anti-bacterial and time kill evaluation of binuclear tricyclohexylphosphanesilver (I) dithiocarbamates,{Cy3PAg (S2CNRR′)} 2. Journal of inorganic biochemistry, 192, 107-118.
  8. Chew, J., Zilm, P. S., Fuss, J. M., & Gully, N. J. (2012). A proteomic investigation of Fusobacterium nucleatum alkaline-induced biofilms. BMC microbiology, 12(1), 189. doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-12-189